Thursday, August 13, 2009

Health Care Reform

In the past few weeks, we have seen and read more mis information about the Health Care Reform proposals, seen the alleged outrage, fights, screaming matches and shout downs at public meetings. Not since the Vietnam War protests have I seen such anger and hostility directed at the Feds.

I've not read the 1100 pages of proposals nor will I. But one startling fact that has come from all this is: every 12 hours, 100 million dollars in fraud happens, and until they figure out how to stop it, any health care reform will be useless to us all. Congress has appropriated 100 million dollars to fight this fraud in the Health Care Reform package, but may be not enough to stop this plague on our health care system.

My sense is that we are in the trillions of dollars in fraud every year and if the fraud would stop or lessened dramatically, health care costs would go down. To many healthy people are gaming the system while our Veterans, elderly and the poor go without.


At August 14, 2009 at 2:23 PM , Blogger Harry said...

Sounds like a solution that both parties should be able to support, cutting the fraud from the health care system. Might be a good place for Obama to start on health care reform, something that everyone can agree on. The system needs to be overhauled, and if you can not see that you are blind. But seems that there is too much fear running rampant at the moment for people to actually make a change. We need to find some middle ground and it seems to me that eliminating the fraud to the tune of a trillion dollars in savings would be a hell of a good place to start.

At August 14, 2009 at 4:34 PM , Blogger Michael said...

I want to know how the system got so full of fraud in the first place. People who are really sick are not getting care and people who are not sick at all rob from the system? How does that work? If when you are sick they can deny you care, how do you get them to approve spending money on you if you are cheating the system?


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